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The best kids' movies on Amazon Prime in the US

The best kids' movies on Amazon Prime in the US

In need of a selection for family movie night? Look no further than Amazon. No, we’re not suggesting you have one of their delivery robots drop a DVD on your doorstep… although the kids would probably love that. Rather, Amazon Prime is bursting with streamable selections sure to entertain the entire brood, parents included. Whether you’re looking to introduce the wee ones to the classic cartoons you loved as a child or discover something together, you’ve got options. Here are the best family movies the service has to offer.   Recommended: 👪 The 50 best kids movies to watch as a family✍ The 100 best animated films of all-time💻 The best family movies on Netflix for all-ages

The 50 best foreign films of all time

The 50 best foreign films of all time

When South Korean director Bong Joon-ho collected his Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film in 2019 – for Parasite, which would eventually make history as the first non-English movie to win the Oscar for Best Picture – he teased the audience for its hesitancy to embrace international filmmaking. ‘Once you overcome the one-inch tall barrier of subtitles’, he said, ‘you will be introduced to so many more amazing films’. Indeed, many of the greatest movies ever made were produced in non-English-speaking countries, like Bong’s homeland of Korea, and there is no need for any fan of cinema to be intimidated by them. Sure, you may encounter big themes and a fair bit of philosophy. But you’ll also find pulse-racing action flicks, silly comedies, charming musicals and stylish thrillers, as well as movies that might feel oddly familiar because, well, they probably directly influenced the movies you already love. In compiling this list of the best foreign films of all-time, we had to set some guidelines, lest we go on forever. We omitted silent films and determined that the movies had to be in a language that wasn’t English: so goodbye Britain and Australia. Other than those caveats, consider this your travel guide to the wide, wonderful world of international film.  Written by David Fear, Keith Uhlich, Andy Kryza, Joshua Rothkopf & Matthew Singer 

The best Korean movies of all time

The best Korean movies of all time

Contrary to believe in some corners of the west, South Korean cinema existed long before Parasite and Squid Game. Sure, Bong Joon-ho’s 2019 Oscar-winner might represent the pinnacle of the country’s movie industry – and the massive success of Netflix’s Squid Game confirmed it as a worldwide player in streaming too – but its history runs much deeper. For decades, Korean filmmakers have been producing thrilling, imaginative work with a distinctive vision, subverting genre conventions along the way. Entering its renaissance era in the early 2000s, charged by films like Park Chan-wook’s Oldboy and Joon-ho’s The Host, Korean movies became known for their ultraviolence and political invective, but dig into the canon and you’ll find a wide range of complex emotions expressed in many different ways. Where to start? Well, here: with some of the best Korean movies ever made. Recommended: 🌍 The 50 best foreign films of all-time🇫🇷 The 100 best French movies of all-time🇭🇰 The 100 best Hong Kong movies of all-time🥋 The 20 best martial arts movies of all-time

The best zombie movies of all time

The best zombie movies of all time

Zombie movies refuse to die. Ever since Night of the Living Dead invented the modern version of the genre in 1968, the undead have risen continuously over the decades, mutating as they go. Sure, there’s a well-established formula – some sort of plague infects the planet, turning the deceased into ravenous cannibals looking to feast on the flesh of the living – and plenty of hacks have exploited the template to overwhelm video store shelves and streaming platforms with mindless schlock. But a rarefied few have found ways to take the basic mythos and twist it into something wholly unique. Others hit the beats with such style and freshness, while some are simply so energetically over-the-top that they can’t be ignored. On this list, you’ll find examples of all three: from classics to cult faves, zom-coms to gorefests, and even a few that predate George A Romero. Grab some popcorn and board up the windows – these are the best zombie movies ever made. Recommended: 😱 The 100 best horror movies of all-time👹 The best monster movies of all-time🔪 The 31 best serial killer movies of all-time

The 35 best movies on Netflix right now

The 35 best movies on Netflix right now

Finding the best movies on Netflix is a tricky task. Sure, the platform has something like 6000 titles, ranging from comedy to horror, thrillers to romcoms. But every subscriber at one point or another has fallen victim to The Eternal Scroll, where just making up your mind and committing to something is so exhausting you end up watching nothing at all. Near-unlimited choice, it turns out, isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be. But don’t despair: we’ve streamlined the best that Netflix currently has to offer, narrowing the field to the 35 flicks most worth your time. Of course, picking between these films might not be easy, either. But even if you just close your eyes and toss a dart at your monitor, we guarantee you’ll land on something you won’t regret. Please do not literally throw darts at your computer. Recommended: 💻 The 40 best Netflix original series to binge👪 The best family movies on Netflix for all ages😬 The 20 best thriller movies on Netflix

The 30 best movies to stream on Amazon Prime UK

The 30 best movies to stream on Amazon Prime UK

Netflix has become the Kleenex of the streaming world, but while the company behind Stranger Things is the dominant force in online entertainment, Amazon has become a haven for film geeks thanks to its massive array of old favorites and new gems.  In a way, Amazon is like a video store, one where you can choose to rent a movie or own it outright. And for Prime members a huge chunk of the library is available to stream for free. To save you a little browsing time, we've cobbled together the best movies on Prime UK right now, including Bong Joon-ho’s Oscar-winning Parasite, both Paddingtons and more than a few blockbusters of summer past. Recommended: 😍 The 100 best romantic films of all time🔥 21 best free movies to watch on YouTube

The 30 best documentaries to watch on Netflix in the UK

The 30 best documentaries to watch on Netflix in the UK

Documentaries have long been one of Netflix’s major tentpole genres. Making a Murderer helped ignite the true crime craze, while Tiger King became a cultural phenomenon in the early days of the pandemic. But when it comes to nonfiction, the streaming giant doesn’t specialise in just the salacious. Search its deep selection of docs and you’ll find everything from concert films to sports dramas, eye-popping nature films to tales even Joe Exotic would find insane. Below, we’ve gathered the 30 best docs streaming right now on Netflix in the UK, all of which are guaranteed to transfix.   Recommended: 📹 The 65 best documentaries of all-time🔎 The best true crime documentaries on Netflix🇬🇧 The 30 best movies on Netflix UK right now

The most romantic movies on Netflix right now

The most romantic movies on Netflix right now

It doesn’t need to be Valentine’s Day to throw a romantic movie on Netflix. Romance, after all, knows no calendar. Maybe you need some pointers on how to reel in your new crush. Maybe you’ve successfully snared them and now you’re looking to move to the next level. Or maybe your heart just got ripped out of your chest and flushed down the toilet, and you need a reminder that everything will eventually be all right. Or perhaps you just want to wallow in your heartbreak. Whichever is the case, if you’re in the mood for love, these romantic films are currently streaming on Netflix, and are sure to get you feeling twitterpated.  Recommended:  😍 The 100 best romantic films of all time🥰 The greatest romantic comedies of all time😳 The 101 best sex scenes of all time

The 40 best Netflix original series to binge

The 40 best Netflix original series to binge

Netflix may have fallen on some hard times recently, due to increased competition from other streaming services and too many users whoring out their account password. (You know who you are.) But when it comes to original series, it’s still the platform that’s been doing it the best for the longest time. Sure, there’s a lot of great stuff spread across multiple services now, but Netflix broke the mould with House of Cards in 2013 and has continually elevated it since, with the likes of Stranger Things and Russian Doll and the world-dominating Squid Game.  Even if the returns have diminished a bit in recent years, there’s still more high-quality content than you possibly have time for. So we’ve gone ahead and put together a list of the 40 Netflix originals series you absolutely must binge before you die or cancel your subscription… whichever comes first. And before you get all upset about the absence of Black Mirror, we’ve left out shows that originated elsewhere before the platform picked them up. We’re also sticking to scripted series - sorry Tiger King. Recommended: 🎥 The 35 best movies on Netflix right now🔎 The best true crime documentaries on Netflix👽 The best sci-fi shows streaming on Netflix

The 14 best comedies on Netflix right now

The 14 best comedies on Netflix right now

Netflix has a lot of comedies. Movies that are actually funny, though, are in shorter supply. For every true gut-buster available on the streaming platform there are four that will have you cringing – and not in the good way. But that’s not to say Netflix is no laughing matter. Quite the opposite: whether you’re in the mood for a romantic comedy, an off-the-rails satire or something brilliantly stupid, it’s all there, hidden among the thousands of selections the streaming giant – you just need to know where to look. Luckily, we’ve done the searching for you. Here are the best comedies streaming on Netflix right now. Recommended: 🎥 The 35 best movies on Netflix right now🤗 The best feelgood movies on Netflix👽 The best sci-fi shows streaming on Netflix💻 The best Netflix original series of all time

The 50 best ’80s movies, ranked

The 50 best ’80s movies, ranked

For a long time, the 1980s were considered a bad time for movies. Coming out of the ’70s New Hollywood revolution, mainstream films got bigger, louder and more violent, and the entire vibe of the era felt superficial and plastic. Looking back now, though, it’s easier to see how important and influential the period was. It was a time when the most popular movies were also among the best, and when the celebrated auteurs of the previous decade – your David Lynches, your Martin Scorseses - refined their approaches and did some of their most iconic work. The independent scene that exploded in the ’90s began to rumble, as did international cinema. In retrospect, if it wasn’t the absolutely greatest movie decade, the ‘80s may have been the most unique, and these 50 films represent the best of the era. These are the movies any cineaste worth their salted popcorn must see – ideally on a VHS tape with tracking issues, but streaming is fine, too. Written by Joshua Rothkopf, Tom Huddleston, Dave Calhoun, Andy Kryza, Cath Clarke, Matthew Singer & Phil de Semlyen Recommended: 🔥 The 100 best movies of all-time🎘  The 50 best songs from ‘80s movies💣 The 101 best action movies of all-time💀 The 100 best horror movies of all-time

The 31 best serial killer movies

The 31 best serial killer movies

Serial killer movies are the dark heart of the crime genre. Unlike true-crime podcasts or the written word, the crimes themselves – often executed with a degree of preparation usually reserved for much more joyous occasions, and invariably gory – need to be visualised. This can (and does) make for a troubling viewing experience, but also gives filmmakers the chance to pose tough questions of society's failings and our own voyeuristic urges. Since Fritz Lang ended M with a kangaroo court passing sentence on Peter Lorre's killer, serial killer films have come in all shapes and sizes: from the procedural mysteries of David Fincher's Zodiac to the co-opted horror tropes of Silence of the Lambs, via the giallo nastiness of Tenebrae. Some are straight-up exploitative (we've avoided those), others are provocative and shocking (they're here). Hopefully, some on this list will be new to you – others may have left bloodstains on your subconscious. Here’s 31 of the very best films about the very worst of humanity.  Recommended: 🔪 The best true-crime documentaries on Netflix in the US💣 The 100 best thrillers of all time😱 The 100 best horror movies of all time🕵️ The 40 best murder-mystery movies

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Everything you need to know about groundbreaking LGBTQ+ romcom ‘Bros’

Everything you need to know about groundbreaking LGBTQ+ romcom ‘Bros’

Can it really be true that the world is only now, in the year 2022, getting a gay romantic comedy from a major Hollywood studio written by an openly gay person? Somehow it is. But the good news is that Hollywood given the honour of making it to Billy Eichner, whose dyspeptic comic sensibilities ensure that it definitely won’t just be a queer-themed Hallmark movie. Bros, co-written by Eichner and Nicholas Stoller, who also directs, is described as ‘a smart, swoony and heartfelt comedy about how hard it is to find another tolerable human being to go through life with’, which doesn’t sound too far off in spirit from Eichner’s Hulu series about caustic besties, Difficult People. Eichner also stars, alongside a majority-LGBTQ+ supporting cast occupying both gay and straight roles – another first.    All those milestones are great, but they’ll matter much less if the movie doesn’t ring true for the community the film is aimed at – something Eichner is keenly aware of. ‘[While] I wanted to make a movie that was hilarious and relatable to everyone, first and foremost I wanted to make a movie that felt authentic for the LGBTQ folks that the movie is about,’ says Eichner, ‘and who have been so profoundly underserved by Hollywood over the years, particularly the major movie studios.’ Will Bros live up to its historic billing? We won’t know for a few more months. But here’s everything we do know about Bros right now. When is Bros out? Originally due out in August, Bros will now land in U

Nope: everything we know about Jordan Peele’s horror epic

Nope: everything we know about Jordan Peele’s horror epic

In the span of three films, Key & Peele sketch comedian-turned-horror auteur Jordan Peele has entered the increasingly rarefied tier of director whose name generates intense anticipation around any project it’s attached to. In short, he’s one of the coolest filmmakers on the planet. Part of the reason for that, of course, his movies have lived up to the hype: both his smash 2017 debut, Get Out, and the follow-up, 2019’s Us, mixed horror and lacerating social satire with the skill of George A Romero at his best. But it’s also because he’s uniquely adept at the art of the tease. Last summer, Peele unveiled the poster for his latest feature, Nope. It only provided the title, cast and release date, but the Stephen King-like central image – an ominous cloud hovering above a lit-up town, a kite string dangling from its base – was enough to send the internet’s collective imagination racing. Then, during Super Bowl weekend, the first trailer dropped, tantalising audiences further – but revealing only a handful of additional clues.  That hasn’t stopped us from scraping up whatever information we can, though. Here’s everything we know about Nope. When is Nope coming out? One of the few things we can say about Nope with absolute certainty is the release date: July 22, 2022. Universal is pitching it as a ‘new pop nightmare’ and Peele’s first foray into summer blockbuster territory (Get Out and Us were both autumn releases). Reportedly, the film will bypass streaming services and debut ex